Friday, February 23, 2018
News Roundup

The Morning Watch: Tampa Bay's housing crash may be over — but is another one coming?

Here's what's going on around the bay area this morning.

A NEIGHBORHOOD RAVAGED BY THE HOUSING CRASH MAKES ITS WAY BACK — BUT COULD IT HAPPEN AGAIN?

During the boom years of the early 2000s, the dream of home ownership lured hundreds of buyers to a new community called Kings Lake. For less than $135,000, they could get a two-story house with four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. They could get mortgages with little or nothing down. No worry — prices were quickly heading up, doubling in a couple of years. Until the market crashed.

FORECAST: WARM, CLOUDY, AND SLIGHTLY INCREASED RAIN CHANCES THIS WEEKEND IN TAMPA BAY

Clouds will begin to build on Friday as rain chances will creep up slightly across the Tampa Bay area later this weekend.

BODY OF MAN WHO HAD BEEN SHOT FOUND IN CAR AT ST. PETERSBURG APARTMENT COMPLEX

The St. Petersburg Police Department is conducting an investigation after the body of a man who had been shot was found in a car early this morning at Disston Place Apartments, 3940 55th St. N.

JIHADI DRONES FUEL INTEREST IN COUNTERMEASURES BY MILITARY, CIVILIAN INTERESTS

From the skies over Syria and Iraq to crowded stadiums in the United States, small, relatively inexpensive drones are presenting a challenging new security threat. But separating the threatening devices from the innocent ones also presents an opportunity for companies offering technology to counter the diminutive, unmanned aircraft. Drone jitters "are going to make our sales pitch easier, or at least garner more interest," said Jon Bayless, a retired Navy rear admiral from Tampa. Bayless represents California-based CSP Strategies, which sells a system that enables users to scan for drones then take over their controlling signals if they enter a designated airspace.

EVERYONE WATCHES LIVE CONCERTS THROUGH CELL PHONES. CAN IT BE STOPPED?

The overuse of cell phones to capture grainy, blurry photos and videos at concerts has for years vexed and enraged artists like Jack White, Alicia Keys and Mumford and Sons. If you raise your phone at Sunday's Amy Schumer concert at Amalie Arena, expect an usher to wave it back down. It's irreversibly altered the way we experience live music, and short of drastic measures — which could, in fact, be coming — it appears there's no going back.

WHAT TO WATCH AND LISTEN TO THIS WEEKEND

Some ideas: 'The Walking Dead' marathon, Election College podcast.


CHARLIE KAIJO | Times

Cailin Cannella, 13, puts on her swim cap at the Academy of the Holy Names pool in Tampa on Oct. 12, 2016.

POOL PROMISE MOTIVATES HOLY NAMES SWIMMER AFTER CANCER DIAGNOSIS

Academy of Holy Names swimmer Cailin Cannella is so good that she was among the favorites to place at this year's Class 2A state meet in the 100-yard breaststroke as a seventh-grader, against high school swimmers much older. But those ambitions are on hold. Now Cannella sits in the stands at practices and meets, unable to compete. She is battling a more formidable opponent.


MONICA HERNDON | Times

Miami Hurricanes defensive back Rayshawn Jenkins (26) celebrates during the first half of the game against the Florida State Seminoles Saturday October 8, 2016 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

THIS WEEKEND IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL

THE STATE IN A SNAP

The aftermath of last week's Hurricanes-Seminoles game will be felt this week thanks to first-half suspensions and bruised bodies. Can they avoid a letdown? And what's in store for USF?

THE NATION IN A SNAP

There are some new dark horse teams in the College Football Playoff picture. Get ready to hear the case made for Boise State, Western Michigan and Navy.

BIG 12 EXPANSION MEETING LOOMS; GREENER PASTURES AHEAD FOR USF?

The Big 12, swimming in television money, represents a beacon of hope for Power Five aspirants everywhere. On Monday, the conference's presidents meet in Irving, Texas. At that point, they very well might vote to adopt two or four of these desperate souls into their life of privilege. Then again, they might not.

VIEWING GUIDE: TOP 25 MATCHUPS ABOUND

Expect lots of points when No. 20 West Virginia travels to Texas Tech to face the nation's top passer, Patrick Mahomes, at noon. But things start to get really good at 3:30 p.m.

WEEK 7 HEISMAN AND RECORD WATCHES

Florida State RB Dalvin Cook is back in the Heisman conversation, at least, by averaging 261 total yards over the last three games.

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Winter Olympics: Alina Zagitova wins figure skating gold, Russia’s first of Games

Winter Olympics: Alina Zagitova wins figure skating gold, Russia’s first of Games

GANGNEUNG, South Korea  — The Russians finally have a gold medal at the  Olympics, thanks to a 15-year-old who beat the fellow teen who inspired her to become a figure skater.Alina Zagitova won one of the Games' spotlight events Frida...
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The Daystarter: These 80 degree days are here to stay; schools contend with threats; legal lion Barry Cohen closes shop after cancer return

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Legal lion Barry Cohen reveals leukemia and tells how it has changed his priorities

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Updated: 11 hours ago
Epilogue: Lee Davis, businessman and adventurer, survived many a scrape

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Published: 02/23/18
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It’s "Krunch" time for East Lake students

On a recent Saturday, students arrived at a Pasco County high school for an all-day scrimmage.The gym was covered in black, plastic tarps, with a course down the middle. Six teams came ready to race their robots, including one from East Lake High Sch...
Published: 02/23/18
A look at new ships and trends in cruising for 2018

A look at new ships and trends in cruising for 2018

What’s new in cruising for 2018? As usual, there’s lots of razzle-dazzle — laser tag, water slides, zip lines and massive LED screens — along with a continued emphasis on healthy lifestyle options, from dining to fitness. But there are also changes u...
Published: 02/23/18

Long awaited Clearwater Beach garage bleeds money in its first year

CLEARWATER —City leaders discussed building a parking structure on north Clearwater Beach for more than 15 years before the seven-story Pelican Walk Parking Garage finally opened at the start of 2017.The city paid $11.3 million to own 450 of the deve...
Published: 02/23/18

High school scoreboard for Feb. 22

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Updated: 7 hours ago
Deputy ‘never went in’ during Parkland school shooting. There were other failures, too

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Eight days after mass shooter Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 people inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Broward’s top cop on Thursday revealed a stunning series of failures by the sheriff’s department.A school campus cop heard the gunfire, rushed ...
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A case for wild flamingos calling Florida their home

A case for wild flamingos calling Florida their home

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Updated: 7 hours ago